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Finally, my first real PICO-8 game is here!

Use your teleportation abilities to whirl through the rocky wastes in a world that hides its brightest stars deep underground.



Game by Peteksi:



Music by Gruber:




Playtested and bughunted by rebix!

Join the speedrunning Discord server hosted by talia:



• Minor additions and changes, multiple bugfixes

• Added milliseconds to the end timer
• Made timer start only after exiting start menu
• Made timer reset when entering deathless mode

• Fixed the last known softlocks

P#104057 2022-01-02 01:45 ( Edited 2022-01-07 22:17)


Amazing, love the trigcircle thingies, collecting berries feels great, lovely sprites.
Very good going in my favorites

P#104073 2022-01-02 02:46 ( Edited 2022-01-02 02:48)

Wow -- I really loved this! Haven't played a pico platformer that felt this good in a while. Nice difficulty without being too much, length was just right. Fun berries and bonus level too.

P#104074 2022-01-02 02:50

This is great! Your pixels are really lovely, great palette usage. The mechanic feels well thought out and applied.

I encountered a funky softlock with a red orb screen, gonna start a new file and try to recreate. Looking forward to the rest afterward :D

Edit: Hit another softlock on second run. It looks like there're a few frames after screen transition where you can die before your respawn point gets updated? In this case I peeked into a room above me super briefly, fell back in, died quickly (I may have panic teleported for no good reason and died faster than would happen in a normal playthrough), and my relative X/Y to the screen was still from the above room so I respawned indefinitely in some spikes at the equivalent spot of the room I'm actually in.

P#104089 2022-01-02 05:01 ( Edited 2022-01-02 06:16)

how to pass second screen?
first screen teaches jump and teleport.
on second screen we can only jump into spikes or teleport to a space that we can also jump to.

P#104090 2022-01-02 05:23

@merwok The block to the right of the orb is a spring, it'll give you upward momentum to work with :)

@Peteksi It may be due a slightly different coloring, to help distinguish is from background tiles a bit more?

P#104091 2022-01-02 05:36

this is fantastic! challenging but doable, and the only time I got really stuck it was an optional berry so I moved on eventually.

I got 6 berries on my first playthrough; I played it again and got 9 (the 3 I missed were the single room below the start of the second area, the bonus room, and the one I skipped where you have to teleport back like 3 times in rapid succession)

P#104092 2022-01-02 05:48

Smooth platforming, cute animation and ingenious puzzle design.

Here's what I finished with. I really should have ignored the berries on my first playthrough.

I'm glad it didn't tell me how many times I died. Definitely not attempting the run where you have to get through all levels without a mistake.

Also found this.

P#104093 2022-01-02 06:04

What an incredible game! I loved pretty much everything about it, from the excellent controls, to the tight level design, to the impressive visuals. Honestly, this game feels too good to be available for free.
I got all 9 berries in 15:35 minutes.

P#104102 2022-01-02 11:35

@rARE I did notice that arrow block, but I did not see how to get there! people told me about

on discord :)

P#104119 2022-01-02 17:48

I found 2 or 3 shortcuts since making this video, but for now I'm just happy to have gotten a clear :)

P#104129 2022-01-02 20:25

Amazing first game!

P#104130 2022-01-02 20:30

@pancelor: wow, incredible run. I could barely keep up just watching it, even after having played all the levels.

P#104135 2022-01-02 21:47

@rarelikeaunicorn Thanks for letting me know! Not sure about the first one, but the second softlock should be fixed in version 1.1.

P#104141 2022-01-03 00:08

your game is very entertaining :D

P#104145 2022-01-03 01:37

Unexpected ending

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P#104149 2022-01-03 02:07

Your first PICO-8 game?? What a debut!! It's so incredibly polished and you pushed the limits so much, I can't even believe this was made in PICO-8. And the concept and execution of the game itself are very well done. Fantastic job.

P#104180 2022-01-03 09:36

amazing. truly amazing.
this doesn't even feel like pico-8 anymore!

P#104201 2022-01-03 15:13 ( Edited 2023-12-21 16:01)

deviously difficult yet totally charming - excellent work!
(and yes I finished it!)

P#104205 2022-01-03 15:26

I really like the music :)

P#104266 2022-01-04 12:57

i remember seeing this game somewhere, or at least a game very similar to this

P#104282 2022-01-04 18:51

This is an amazing game! I completed the demo, but this has gotten me stuck...

P#104325 2022-01-05 11:53

% Amazing Game %

P#104330 2022-01-05 13:12

AHHHHH this is so cool! Incredibly neat graphics and amazing mechanics, and it's about birds :).

P#104369 2022-01-05 23:34

I finally got Sub 1 Minute!

P#104387 2022-01-06 05:29 ( Edited 2022-01-06 05:31)

I feel like no one has found this so I will just add it here

P#104396 2022-01-06 09:56

Hi, really liked the game! The puzzles are pretty fun and I like the different mechanics with the teleport orb, like it falling after a teleport, making the player think about how to reach the destination before the orb falls and breaks.

I've found two issues, though. First is that the chains in the background sometimes can be difficult to differentiate from the solid objects due to similarity in colour. The second is that on this one screen I've found a softlock:

If you jump and teleport from point A, you're able to reach the top edge and move to another screen. If you fall back down and die after this, your spawn point will be set to the circled area, where the bird is on the screenshot - right in the spikes in an eternal death loop. You can only teleport out when the bird's already touched the spikes, so there's no escape.

Other than that, though, this is a really fun game. Great job!

P#104399 2022-01-06 13:18

This is awesome. I love the main mechanic and the player physics feels really nice too. Even the art style is really good. There's not many bad things I can say about this game. I want a sequel.

P#104438 2022-01-07 00:21

Wow this is beautiful! I love the art style and the gameplay is absolutely great

P#104439 2022-01-07 00:23

Found a softlock. Even when I get out of the game and click continue, it still softlocks me here. Even when I try to teleport to the green thing, softlock. This is how I got it.

  1. Went to the top area after this area and I fell

  2. When I fell and died in the current area, it teleported me to where I fell. ( Hopefully it made sense )
P#104775 2022-01-10 21:26 ( Edited 2022-01-10 21:27)

A good challenge, levels are doable but tricky

P#104906 2022-01-12 18:32

Amazing puzzle platformer you have here. Notable for the squash n' stretch on the sprite animations alone! But the mechanics and level design is also top notch.

P#105100 2022-01-14 21:04

one of the best I've played!

P#105263 2022-01-17 22:15

Yea, but can you beat the game in 16 hundredths of a second?

P#105623 2022-01-25 16:26 ( Edited 2022-02-23 16:51)

@Wynn I clearly should have stored the time in cartdata as well...

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P#105678 2022-01-26 16:37 ( Edited 2022-09-06 14:41)

What a game! I tried this a while back but I found it far too difficult. However I recently came back to it and once I got to grips with it I've really enjoyed playing it.

A great concept - lovely sound and graphics. The gameplay is top notch - each new screen seems utterly impossible until something just clicks and you make progress.

P#105694 2022-01-26 19:14

Amazing game! I love the mechanics, sprites, levels, and music. Very well designed and thought out. Can't wait to try speedrunning it.

P#106050 2022-01-31 17:14

This game is amazing! Controls feel so on point, the mechanics are fantastic and the level design is very creative

P#107026 2022-02-16 11:54

@Hexit45 my friend found that same screen

P#107189 2022-02-18 19:43

I got 9 fruit is that all of them?

P#107237 2022-02-19 10:19

So pretty and I love the vibe of it. Really innovative too.

P#107545 2022-02-23 16:39

The animations of this are so sleek

P#110302 2022-04-16 04:11

I love it ...
thats my favourite Pico-8 game now (Harolds bad day is also very good).
Minor bug: if you continue playing after finishing the game, you will always respawn in the first screen.

P#112399 2022-05-27 22:27 ( Edited 2022-05-28 12:19)

Plumpf pretty sure that's cause it's hardmode and not a bug :p

P#112422 2022-05-28 21:39

I LOVED this game, so awesome >:D
Hey, where can I listen to the soundtrack for this game? It's so relaxing I want to use it while drawing

P#129524 2023-05-08 14:57

I found a bug where it keeps running left without me touching any controls, guess I am playing an endless runner now.
Still a very nice game though.

P#130745 2023-06-10 06:21

Absolutely amazing game! I love the level progression and the difficulty increase feels manageable. Each level has an entirely different gimmick and never feels repetitive. Collecting the blueberries also feels rewarding, however the blueberry levels sometimes might mislead new players. Overall, this is probably my favorite PICO 8 game. Maybe even on par with Celeste

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